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Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

A sample 'To-Do' list (in no particular order):

Find a (cheap) place to keep her, and get her there in one piece, right-side-up, and afloat.

Clean off mud, bird crap, sea life (flora and fauna), remove same from internal spaces as well.

Remove, inspect, clean/replace, rebed *all* deck hardware & fittings, up to and including chainplates.

Remove & replace *all* wiring and electrical fittings.

Inspect/dry/repair/remove/replace *all* submerged wooden parts, up to & including cores.

Unmount, clean/lube, rebed *all* mechanical devices.

Replace missing hatches, fittings, furniture, compass, radio...

Bring her up to meet at least minimal Coast Guard specs.

Get licenses/registrations/effluvial bureaucratic minutiae covered.

...and then you can start trying to make her look pretty again: paint, varnish, new sails, new rigging...

If you did not already have a working boat (fix that trailer yet? ), I might say take a chance on this one,- but I'm thinking you can do better. Sail your boat, make lists of what you like & what you'd like to change on your next boat.

Be patient.
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